Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
• Schedule The number in this column is the effective opponent strength of a team. In other words, they would be expected to have the same record had they played all games against an opponent of this predictive rating at a neutral site. Because this calculation depends on the strength of the team in question, it is not possible to rank schedules using these values.
• Expected Losses For college teams, this number is the number of losses an average ranked (top 15 hockey; otherwise top 25) team would be expected to have against the team's schedule. For pro teams, this is the number of losses an average team would be expected to have against the team's schedule. Unlike the schedule ranking, this value can be used to rank schedules.
• Standard Ranks teams in an order such that a team is "probably better" than all teams ranked lower than it. This calculation uses margin of victory only for computing a team's opponents strengths; the team's rating itself is computed using only wins, losses, and ties relative to its schedule
• Median Likelihood Determines the likely ratings for each team, based on its wins, losses, and ties relative to its schedule. This generally produces the same or similar ratings as the standard ranking.
• Predictive Both schedule strength and rating vs. schedule strength are determined considering both the wins and losses and the score differentials. This rating contains none of the biases in the standard rating, but does weight recent games slightly more than past games since those are a better indication of the team's current strength. This rating is the best of the first three for seeing how good teams are, and thus is the best for predicting future results.
• Improved RPI Rating The improved RPI formula is similar to the standard RPI, except that the schedule strength is carried out to infinite depth instead of ending with opponents' opponents, thus allows for a better comparison of isolated groups of teams than is given by the standard RPI calculation. It is similar to the simple rating, except that all games are given equal weight.
• Scoring. This value indicates how many points a team would be expected to score if it played an identical team.
• Offense. This combines the predictive and scoring ratings to measure how many points a team scores. The number is the predictive rating of an opponent against whom the team would be expected to score the league average number of points. This does not necessarily rate a team's offensive abilities, as a fast pace in basketball or big-play defense in football can make a team score more points.
• Defense. This combines the predictive and scoring ratings to measure how many points a team allows. The number is the predictive rating of an opponent against whom the team would be expected to allow the league average number of points. The same caveat in the predictive-offense rating applies here.
In order to increase early-season stability, the three main rankings, the improved RPI, and the college pseudopoll include priors based on the previous season final predictive ratings and occasionally incorporating preseason predictions of various major publications. The other rankings for college sports do not include priors, and thus can be wildly unstable early in the year. A team whose rankings are affected by this prior is noted with a P following its rankings.

## Full Ranking

``````                                              STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM            W  L  T PF PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
LOS ANGELES    20  8  5 47 30  0.010 16.327    1  0.246    1  0.243    3  0.217    1 0.5426   11  0.092    4  0.168    3  0.265
REAL SALT LAKE 15  5 11 47 23  0.019 15.265    2  0.209    2  0.200    1  0.313    2 0.5379   16 -0.099    5  0.130    1  0.496
FC DALLAS      14  5 16 49 32  0.057 17.894    3  0.199    3  0.193    2  0.255    3 0.5342   13  0.045    3  0.172    2  0.338
NEW YORK       17 10  6 43 33  0.000 16.333    4  0.146    4  0.145    5  0.143    4 0.5244   12  0.088    7  0.091    4  0.195
COLUMBUS       15  9  8 42 36  0.010 16.069    5  0.137    5  0.136    6  0.077    5 0.5223    9  0.141    8  0.065    7  0.089
COLORADO       15 10 10 50 38  0.032 17.726    6  0.125    6  0.117    4  0.165    6 0.5198    7  0.180    2  0.183    6  0.147
SEATTLE        14 12  5 40 38  0.007 15.580    7  0.060    7  0.055    7  0.043    8 0.5089    4  0.262    6  0.126    9 -0.039
SAN JOSE       14 12  8 37 36  0.023 17.357    8  0.058    8  0.054    8  0.025    7 0.5089   14 -0.052   13 -0.126    5  0.177
KANSAS CITY    11 13  6 36 35 -0.010 14.982    9 -0.039    9 -0.046    9 -0.014    9 0.4912   10  0.107   11 -0.052    8  0.023
CHICAGO         9 13  9 37 39 -0.012 15.523   10 -0.094   10 -0.101   10 -0.054   10 0.4839    6  0.200    9 -0.020   10 -0.088
TEAM            W  L  T PF PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
TORONTO FC      9 14  8 33 42 -0.041 15.349   11 -0.121   11 -0.125   12 -0.151   11 0.4778    8  0.178   14 -0.134   11 -0.167
HOUSTON         9 15  6 40 49 -0.015 15.119   12 -0.131   12 -0.136   11 -0.130   12 0.4756    1  0.557    1  0.207   16 -0.468
PHILADELPHIA    9 15  7 36 49 -0.028 15.556   13 -0.150   13 -0.153   13 -0.192   13 0.4750    2  0.367   10 -0.022   14 -0.361
NEW ENGLAND     9 16  5 32 50 -0.020 15.246   14 -0.159   14 -0.158   15 -0.240   14 0.4717    3  0.352   12 -0.083   15 -0.397
CHIVAS USA      8 18  4 31 45 -0.019 15.218   15 -0.220   15 -0.228   14 -0.215   15 0.4599    5  0.228   15 -0.160   13 -0.271
DC UNITED       7 20  4 22 47 -0.022 15.895   16 -0.268   16 -0.272   16 -0.363   16 0.4499   15 -0.079   16 -0.532   12 -0.193
``````

``````WESTERN CONFERENCE
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM            W  L  T PF PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
LOS ANGELES    20  8  5 47 30  0.010 16.327    1  0.246    1  0.243    3  0.217    1 0.5426   11  0.092    4  0.168    3  0.265
REAL SALT LAKE 15  5 11 47 23  0.019 15.265    2  0.209    2  0.200    1  0.313    2 0.5379   16 -0.099    5  0.130    1  0.496
FC DALLAS      14  5 16 49 32  0.057 17.894    3  0.199    3  0.193    2  0.255    3 0.5342   13  0.045    3  0.172    2  0.338
COLORADO       15 10 10 50 38  0.032 17.726    6  0.125    6  0.117    4  0.165    6 0.5198    7  0.180    2  0.183    6  0.147
SEATTLE        14 12  5 40 38  0.007 15.580    7  0.060    7  0.055    7  0.043    8 0.5089    4  0.262    6  0.126    9 -0.039
SAN JOSE       14 12  8 37 36  0.023 17.357    8  0.058    8  0.054    8  0.025    7 0.5089   14 -0.052   13 -0.126    5  0.177
HOUSTON         9 15  6 40 49 -0.015 15.119   12 -0.131   12 -0.136   11 -0.130   12 0.4756    1  0.557    1  0.207   16 -0.468
CHIVAS USA      8 18  4 31 45 -0.019 15.218   15 -0.220   15 -0.228   14 -0.215   15 0.4599    5  0.228   15 -0.160   13 -0.271
``````

``````EASTERN CONFERENCE
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM            W  L  T PF PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
NEW YORK       17 10  6 43 33  0.000 16.333    4  0.146    4  0.145    5  0.143    4 0.5244   12  0.088    7  0.091    4  0.195
COLUMBUS       15  9  8 42 36  0.010 16.069    5  0.137    5  0.136    6  0.077    5 0.5223    9  0.141    8  0.065    7  0.089
KANSAS CITY    11 13  6 36 35 -0.010 14.982    9 -0.039    9 -0.046    9 -0.014    9 0.4912   10  0.107   11 -0.052    8  0.023
CHICAGO         9 13  9 37 39 -0.012 15.523   10 -0.094   10 -0.101   10 -0.054   10 0.4839    6  0.200    9 -0.020   10 -0.088
TORONTO FC      9 14  8 33 42 -0.041 15.349   11 -0.121   11 -0.125   12 -0.151   11 0.4778    8  0.178   14 -0.134   11 -0.167
PHILADELPHIA    9 15  7 36 49 -0.028 15.556   13 -0.150   13 -0.153   13 -0.192   13 0.4750    2  0.367   10 -0.022   14 -0.361
NEW ENGLAND     9 16  5 32 50 -0.020 15.246   14 -0.159   14 -0.158   15 -0.240   14 0.4717    3  0.352   12 -0.083   15 -0.397
DC UNITED       7 20  4 22 47 -0.022 15.895   16 -0.268   16 -0.272   16 -0.363   16 0.4499   15 -0.079   16 -0.532   12 -0.193
``````

``````DIVISION             W   L   T   PCT  RNK RATING
WESTERN CONFERENCE 109  85  65 0.546    1  0.130
EASTERN CONFERENCE  86 110  53 0.452    2 -0.148
``````

``````Home field advantage amounts to:
0.268 points in main ratings (0.205 for semineutral)
0.027 points in improved RPI (0.020 for semineutral)
Average of 1.00 points per score
``````
```Predict score: CHICAGO CHIVAS USA COLORADO COLUMBUS DC UNITED FC DALLAS HOUSTON KANSAS CITY LOS ANGELES NEW ENGLAND NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA REAL SALT LAKE SAN JOSE SEATTLE TORONTO FC vs. hosting at CHICAGO CHIVAS USA COLORADO COLUMBUS DC UNITED FC DALLAS HOUSTON KANSAS CITY LOS ANGELES NEW ENGLAND NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA REAL SALT LAKE SAN JOSE SEATTLE TORONTO FC Team Strength vs. Time Plot: CHICAGO CHIVAS USA COLORADO COLUMBUS DC UNITED FC DALLAS HOUSTON KANSAS CITY LOS ANGELES NEW ENGLAND NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA REAL SALT LAKE SAN JOSE SEATTLE TORONTO FC posted: Sat Jan 4 12:47:33 2020 games through: Sun Nov 21 2010 ```

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